EXED Community College opens College Month with annual Church Service
In representing principal Philmore McCarthy, remarks by Mrs. Naomi Jacobs, Vice Principal of Student Affairs at the Church Service for College Month
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”
- Psalm 121: 1- 2
On behalf of the Excelsior Education Centre Board of Management, the Committee of Management, staff, students and alumni of Excelsior Community College, I greet the congregation of Vineyard Town Methodist Church and express our pleasure in worshipping with you this morning.
Today, we are here to dedicate and recommit our institution to the service of Christ, our Saviour. Our education, our talents and our means are gifts entrusted to us by God, that we may acknowledge Him as the source of life and joy and serve Him as our Lord and Saviour. Consequently, it has become a tradition for us to join you as we give thanks and seek God’s guidance at the commencement of our Annual College Month celebrations under this year’s theme, “Taking You Where You Want to Go.”
In doing so, we help our students to form their dreams, give these dreams wings and watch them take flight. We can only enable our students to realize their dreams if we make God - the unseen but ever-present force in all our lives - the centre of ALL our efforts. The late Dr. the Hon. A. Wesley Powell was cognizant of this truth, and in 1951 when he needed help to further advance his dream of creating an institution to provide education “from the cradle to the grave”, he reached out to the Methodist Church. As a result of the church’s commitment then and now, Excelsior Community College continues to be a light in dark places for many.
We ask that you continue to pray for us and with us as we recommit the College to the love of Jesus that is manifested in a desire to work as He worked for the blessing and uplifting of humanity.
The thrust with the Church has been critical to the development of Excelsior Community College and the other schools in the EXED group as we seek to promote the moral and spiritual growth of our students through the core values of dedication, compassion, accessibility, integrity and commitment.
I would like to specially acknowledge the roles being played by our Bishop Christine Benguche and Chaplain, Rev’d. Dr. Philip Robinson. Acknowledgements must also be given to Rev’d. Moses Benguche, the former minister of this church who has been an integral part of our Community Empowerment Unit. Although he is miles away, he corresponds with the group members and shares his ideas and suggestions. Also, as the former Assistant Chaplain at EXED, Rev’d Benguche has been an agent of change, infusing all that he does with the warmth and humility that is the essence of his personality.
Now that Rev’d. Claudette Campbell has rejoined us in the capacity of Assistant Chaplain at the Community College and Minister Rev’d. Michael Graham as the current Minister at this church in Vineyard Town, we look forward to continuing the partnership and embracing and sharing the warmth and fellowship.
As we commemorate College Month, I am extending an invitation to everyone to join us in the celebrations on our main campus at Mountain View Avenue. Among the events in which we would like you to share during the month are:
Research Day : Wednesday March 13
Entrepreneurship Week : from Monday, March 18 to Friday March 22
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Day: Thursday, March 28
Once again, we thank you for the opportunity to participate in this service and look forward to welcoming you at Excelsior Community College as we strive to “Aim yet higher.”